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Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center

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Address
2351 Veteran’s Road West
Staten Island, NY 10309
Latitude 40.53758
Longitude -74.225349

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The Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center offers interactive exhibits and environmental education programs. Come learn about the Preserve's natural environment and rich history of the Lenape, the Free Blacks of Sandy Ground, the clay-miners, and organic farmer Herbert Gericke. Historical artifacts as well as wildlife specimens native to Staten Island's south shore are on display. Visitors can get up close and personal with live animals, enjoy the touch discovery station, look through a children's stereoscope or play in the kid's activity area. Be sure to venture outside and explore the miles of trails that wander among meadows, forests, wetlands, streams and to Sharrotts Pond.

The Interpretive Center offers environmental education programs year round for schools at all grade levels as well as interpretive programs, hikes, and themed walks for youth organizations and the general public. Contact the Center for more information on public, school, scout or camp programs.

Hours of Operation

  • The Interpretive Center is open Tuesday – Saturday 9 AM to 4:30 PM with exhibits, classroom space, games, and access to Preserve trails.
  • The Park Office, located at 83 Nielsen Ave, Staten Island, NY is open 9 AM – 5 PM daily. Phone: (718) 967-1976 The Preserve gounds are open dawn to dusk.

Fees & Rates

  • Program Fees
  • All programs are FREE of charge. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Tue 25 Jul
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, July 25, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by making crafts, joining in story time, and playing with other toddlers!

Ages 0 - 3

Wed 26 Jul
Young Naturalists
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Connect with nature! We will explore a new topic each week and write about it in our nature journals.

Ages 5 - 9; Pre-registration recommended

Registration: Required
Sat 29 Jul
Yoga in Nature
Saturday, July 29, 2017 09:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Enjoy Vinyasa in the forest with Lisa Herbert, a Baptiste Certified YogaTeacher. Bring your own mat or towel! Participants should be prepared to sit and stand without assistance.

$10 per class; Pre-registration recommended

Tue 01 Aug
Tot Time Tuesdays
Tuesday, August 1, 2017 10:00 AM - 11:30 AM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Learn about a new plant or animal every week by making crafts, joining in story time, and playing with other toddlers!

Ages 0 - 3

Wed 02 Aug
Young Naturalists
Wednesday, August 2, 2017 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Clay Pit Ponds Interpretive Center
(718) 605-3970 ext 201

Connect with nature! We will explore a new topic each week and write about it in our nature journals.

Ages 5 - 9; Pre-registration recommended

Registration: Required

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